Bdellium Tools Brush Review

12.17.2014

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In my Makeup Show Haul post, I asked you guys if there were any products you wanted to see reviewed. An overwhelming amount of you wanted to see a review on my Bdellium Tools brushes, so here it is! If you want a super quick review, then here it is: these are awesome and you need to try them out. You will NOT regret your decision.

When I was new to the makeup scene, MAC brushes were like the holy grail to me. So soft, so fancy looking! But SO ridiculously overpriced. That obsession ended reeeeeal quick. Then, last year at The Makeup Show, I saw some Bdellium Tools for sale and decided to give them a try. And they were super affordable! I saw a lot of dupes for my favorite MAC brushes, so those were the brushes I bought. And you guys: they were so amazing. They're really soft, well-made, and crazy affordable. And they're vegan! Does it get any better than that?

So this year at The Makeup Show, I made it my resolve to purchase a lot more Bdellium Tools brushes. And for less than $75, I scored ten brushes. How insane is that? I don't think I've ever come across a brush from Bdellium Tools that I wasn't completely in love with. Of course, if you're trying to figure out which brushes to try from them first, here are my recommendations: The Studio 776 Blending Brush is pretty much my go-to brush, and is a great dupe for the MAC 217. The Studio 785 Tapered Blending Brush is another favorite of mine, and is also a dupe for the MAC 224. As for face brushes, I am loving the Studio 974 Tapered Powder Brush , which is great for contouring and applying powder.

If you're a makeup artist or a makeup newbie looking to add some brushes to your collection, Bdellium Tools is a great starting point. Affordable, soft, and well-made... What more could you ask for?

Have you ever tried anything from Bdellium Tools? Which are your favorites?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 41

12.14.2014


Happy Sunday! It's been a slow week over here, but that's just because I'm prepping for a MAJOR 2015 here on Brikasia! So excited to reveal some stuff I've had up my sleeves in the coming weeks. Anyway, I'm going to get straight to the link love- have a great rest of your day!

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// The List //

// Jamming Out //

I haven't really been listening to new music as of late, but this song caught my attention recently and it is a total jam. "Medusa" by Gems.

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THE EDIT: Gift Set Edition

12.09.2014

what makeup gift sets to buy, makeup gift guide, makeup christmas gift, tarte holiday set, kypris makeup gift set Can we all agree on the fact that gift sets are kind of the best? Especially if you've never tried out a brand before- this is typically the best value and the best way to try out a brand's best products. Or, if you're already smitten with a brand, it's a great way to stock up on some of your favorites at a much more discounted price. So, basically, they're amazing. Here are some of my favorite gift sets out this season, which would make a great gift for you or your loved ones. Happy shopping!
  1.  Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set ($59.00)
  2. OCC Pro's Picks 12 Set ($59.00)
  3. Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame II ($48.00)
  4. Kypris Beauty Rosy Disposition Ritual Set ($285.00)
  5. Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection ($39.00)
  6. Make Up For Ever Studio Case ($59.50)
  7. Sephora Superstars ($75.00)
  8. Studio 78 Paris "Here Comes Santa Claus" Gift Set ($140.00)
  9. Stila Flawless Gems ($29.00)
  10. Urban Decay Little Perversions Kit ($45.00)
  11. SW Basics of Brooklyn Bestsellers Kit ($45.00)
  12. NYX Cosmetics The "It" List Pink Lip Glosses ($19.99)

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 40

12.07.2014


Happy Sunday! It's been a chill week where I've been planning some pretty exciting things for this blog and my freelance business in 2015. Speaking of, can you believe 2015 is just mere weeks away? I can't even deal with that right now. Time flies! But in the meantime, here's what you've missed on Brikasia.

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// The List //

  • I'm kinda obsessed with Cracker Barrel's apple butter, so I think I need to try this recipe out. (A Beautiful Mess)
  • This cranberry and gold party look is SO gorgeous. (Slashed Beauty)
  • Here are 3 creative ways to wrap odd-shaped gifts. (Oh Joy!)
  • These GSD notepads look brilliant for organizing my workweek. (Meg Biram)

// Jamming Out //

One of my favorite bands, Walk the Moon, released their sophomore album, Talking Is Hard, this week. And, you guys, it is GOOD. Here's one of my favorite jams from the album, "Sidekick".

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Rose Gold Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial

12.05.2014

For well over a year now, rose gold has stepped into the spotlight and shows no sign of backing out of the "it" color running. It has definitely become one of my favorite colors to use in my makeup (the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette probably has something to do with that) because it has such a glowy, romantic feel to it. So today I'm going to show you how to achieve the most gorgeous rose gold smoky eye using a really easy technique that makes smoky eyes SUPER easy.
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  1. First, I am using the Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick in Bark to draw out the shape of the smoky eye. This serves as the base of the smoky eye. Don't worry about being too precise here.
  2. Using your finger, blend out the shadow stick. You don't want any harsh lines.
  3. Using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, use the shade "Buzz" and pat it all over the lid and over the shadow stick applied in step 1. As you can see, applying the shadow over the bare lid and the shadow stick makes it seem like you've used more than one eyeshadow! 
  4. To add even more dimension, use a pure rose gold color (I'm using "Trick") and pat onto the center of your lid.
  5. Add a light, shimmery color on the inner corners of your eyes to open your eyes up. I'm using "Dust".
  6. To help blend the edges a bit, I'm using "Limit" as a transition color. Any mid-tone taupe/brown color would work for this part.
  7. Apply black pencil eyeliner on your top lashline. I'm using this one by It Cosmetics.
  8. Using an angled brush, smudge the eyeliner for a smokier effect.
  9. Apply mascara. This is the mascara I've been using a lot lately.
  10. Apply the blush color of your choice. I'm keeping it in the rose gold family, and I'm using NARS Deep Throat
  11. Keep your lips a neutral color. I'm using a pinky nude color, Urban Decay's Naked Revolution Lipstick
And that's it! The little trick of applying a dark cream eyeshadow as a base makes doing a smoky eye incredibly easy, and adds so much great dimension to the look. It truly is foolproof! PS- the brushes I'm using in this tutorial are by Soho Naturals. They are REALLY awesome, incredibly soft, synthetic and cruelty-free with bamboo handles. I'm using the brushes from their 3 Piece Smoky Eye Set

Also, you can apply this technique using any color of your choice- it doesn't have to be rose gold! Give it a try and be prepared to have your mind blown. What's your favorite way to do a smoky eye?


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November 2014 Favorites

12.03.2014

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It's already the end of the year (hooooow??) which means it is a great time to reflect on the past year (or something like that). But before I start writing up my "2014 in review" posts, it's time to reflect on my favorite products that I've used in November. I'm keeping this short and to the point because let's be real: it's 2014 and attention spans are SHORT! Including mine. Here we go!
  1. La Bella Figura Daily Elements Defense Face Oil- If your skin goes a bit cray during the winter months and you need help stabilizing that skin of yours, then this is the oil for you. After moisturizing and getting my skincare regime out of the way, I pat a few drops of this oil on my skin for extra moisture. And by golly, there is definitely a difference to be seen!
  2. AILA + BeauTeaBar #likeaboss Nail Polish- If you're looking for the perfect, sparkly, rose gold-hued nail polish, then this is DEFINITELY for you. No, seriously. It's just so PRETTY! Perfect for this time of year. I always get a ton of compliments when I wear this out!
  3. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte- I've been hearing SO much hype about the new Audacious lipsticks from NARS, so it was the first thing I was on a mission to buy at the NARS booth at The Makeup Show. Because of their popularity, the booth was sold out on most of the colors on my list but I got my hands on Brigitte- the perfect rosy nude lipstick color that graces my lips most days of the week. These sit comfortably on the lips and are craaaazy pigmented. I cannot recommend enough!
  4. Nudus Australia Lipstick in Survivor- Looking for a green alternative to the NARS lipsticks? Well then Nudus Australia is made for you. For being a green brand, the pigmentation on these lipsticks are insaaaane and feel super comfortable on the lips. This bright pink lipstick makes me feel like a total HBIC.
  5. La Bella Figura Travel Therapy- I know, I know. Another LBF product on the list! It's no secret that I struggle with anxiety and stress on a regular basis, and this has truly been a saving grace of mine. It contains blue tansy oil, Italian blood orange oil, and Bulgarian rose otto oil which blend together to help calm my nerves with just one whiff. If you travel a lot and get fatigued/stressed easily, then this is for you.
Now that I've shared with you my favorite products from November, what have been your favorite products from last month? Let's enable each other in the comments!

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Cyber Monday Beauty Steals & Deals

12.01.2014

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Today is Cyber Monday, which means that online stores are showing off their best deals. I know I wrote of several Cyber Monday deals on Friday's post about Black Friday, but a lot of retailers haven't revealed their Cyber Monday lineup until this morning. So this will just be a quick, informational post filled with deals that will end up saving you money. Win-win! Monday's don't have to be so terrible after all.
Happy shopping! And if there are any other Cyber Monday deals that are announced later on, I will be updating this post, so be sure to check back throughout the day to see if anything piques your interest!

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Kipling USA Holiday Collection Has Something For Everyone

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Well, it's that time of year again where everyone is scrambling to buy gifts for their loved ones. Full disclosure: I don't celebrate the holidays so this is thankfully a scramble I do not have to deal with. However, I am partnering up with the awesome Kipling brand to give you a look at their holiday collection, and maybe you'll pick up a few of these items for your loved ones.

I feel like bags are always a welcome gift, as they are items that will be used a lot and oftentimes well-loved. I've picked four of my favorite bags from the Kipling Holiday Catalog above (1, 2, 3, 4). I actually just ordered #2 because it is PERFECT for everyday life and is in the perfect neutral color so it will match with everything.

All that aside, if you live in the Orlando area, the #KiplingHoliday Tour is COMING! It will be in the Florida Mall on December 19-20. The #KiplingHoliday Tour is free, family-friendly and open to the public through RSVPing to the event. Attendees will be welcomed to a spectrum of event highlights including: a Kipling Holiday Collection show wall, on-site monogramming, bespoke gift-wrapping, personalized sweets, photo booths, and giveaways. For additional event details and to RSVP, click here!

PS: Get $30 off your purchase of $150 or more by using the code "HOLIDAYS30". Check out the catalog here and get to shopping! 

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Here's me and my Iani Crossbody Bag. This is the perfect little bag to take with you when running errands or going out with friends!



Weekend Wrap Up // No. 39

11.30.2014

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Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a wonderful long weekend, spending time with your families and getting some Black Friday shopping done. Believe it or not, I've never gone out on Black Friday because it is kiiiinda terrifying, but this year my mom and I decided to venture out at 6pm Thanksgiving day. And we're still alive! And I got some pretty rad goodies out of the whole ordeal. Earlier in the week, I made it over to Disney World (surprise) and was just taken aback with how beautiful the castle was at night. It's Frozen themed! So cute! Anyway, no link round-up this week because most blogs were taking it easy this week (and I don't blame them!). Expect a super-sized roundup next week!

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// Jamming Out //

Calvin Harris came out with a new album recently, and while I typically loathe EDM music, I cannot stop jamming to this song. Probably because it features my boo boos from HAIM.

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THE EDIT: Black Friday Edition

11.26.2014

Makeup and Beauty Black Friday and Cyber Monday Coupons and Deals

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Black Friday is once again upon us, which means that this is the PERFECT opportunity to pick up awesome makeup gift sets at an amazing value. Stumped as to what to buy for yourself or your loved ones? Well, I've found thirteen items that I know I sure would love to get. Some notable favorites from my list include the AILA Cosmetics + BeauTeaBar collaboration, the stunning #likeaboss nail polish, which is a super shimmery rose gold. There's also a new favorite of mine- the NARS Audacious lipsticks. Can't get over how good these lipsticks are.

And, if you're like me and are blissfully unaware of most Black Friday sales, here's a small list of some notable (in my opinion) sales that will be going on this Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Have a sale you think should be mentioned? Leave a comment and I'll update this list accordingly!
  • Kipling: Get $30 off your $150 online purchase with code HOLIDAYS 30
  • BeauTeaBar: On "Pink Friday" (11/28), from 9am EST-11:59 pm EST, you will receive 15% off all orders over $50, complimentary shipping, plus an extra special custom-made Rose and Cardamom candle. Use code "PINKFRIDAY". On Saturday, 11/29, BeauTeaBar turns one year old, and all orders over $25 will receive a FREE #likeaboss nail polish! On Cyber Monday (12/1), gift cards are being given away. More info on how you can score a $10, $25, $50, or $100 gift card coming soon.
  • Birchbox: Free Birchbox for every $60 you spend on subscriptions with code BOXME, 11/28 through 11/30. 25% off all full-sized products when you spend $35+ with code FRIDAY25, 11/28 through 11/30.
  • Make Up For Ever: (boutique only, will honor phone orders) 2 for $10 Aqua Shadows, 2 for $10 Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green, 2 for $10 Aqua Liner from Sepia Collection; $150 Make Up Artist Picks Set (was $300), $34 Artisan Brush Set (was $65), $19 Aqua Shadow Kit (was $38), $9 Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set (was $18).
  • Indie Lee: 25% off with code CYBERINDIE, 12/1 only.
  • Eve Pearl: Up to 60% off your favorite Eve Pearl products. From 11/25-12/1, use code BP2014 for 40%-60% off products.
What are you picking up this Black Friday/Cyber Monday?


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